Over the years quite a large number of messages have been received which, to summarise, say “I have been reading your blogs for a long time and always
assumed you exaggerate how bad some Bexley Councillors can be but I went to a Council meeting (or watched the
webcast) and discovered for myself that your reports are true”.
There was another this week
I’ve read your blog for a number of years and always read your reports of bullying with the same ‘pinch of salt’ as I read any opinion piece. Seeing it for myself has really opened my eyes, and I have already been actively encouraging people to do the same.
I’m never sure whether I should be pleased or disappointed by such comments. Why would I make things up? If I did how long would it be before I was found out and discredited?
The blogs are written with the intention of them being factual news reports that can be used subsequently as authentic points of reference. Audio recordings of every reported meeting are kept so that any disputes can be resolved. So far that has not been necessary.
There will often be opinion too and everyone is free to agree or disagree with it, but the facts on which they are based will always be accurate to the best of my ability. There is no need to take the proverbial pinch of salt.
To be labelled a Labour troll by Conservative Councillors, as happens quite often, has always puzzled me. The nearest there has been to an adverse comment on Council policy this month (30th June actually) was to correctly report that the £400 a year levy on disabled children’s transport was not mentioned in the Conservative’s May 2018 election manifesto.
Blog readers might take a negative overall view of Bexley Council but that will be because, like me, they don’t like arrogance, bullying and lying however ‘clever’ the perpetrators might be.